Lot 087

Tew Nai Tong
b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

Nude 22; Nude 23, 2007

signed (lower left)
oil on jute
30 x 30cm each (set of 2)

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 6,000 – 10,000

Here rendered in oil, is a pair of nudes in two seated poses. The work demonstrates the artist’s ability to suggest volume, weight, and with deft brush strokes.

Nai Tong is known for his Nanyang Style figures with doleful eyes and elongated limbs. He followed the typical route of students trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) in Singapore (1957-1958), and furthering his studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (1967-68). On his return, he taught at several academies namely the Malaysian Institute of Art (1969-1980), Central Academy of Art (1982-1985), and the Saito Academy of Art (1986-1988), before he became a full time artist in 1992. His first exhibition was at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur in 1964. His career culminated in a survey exhibition called Odyssey at the National Art Gallery Malaysia in 2007. In 2009, he won the Asia Art Award in Seoul, South Korea.